1972 Lancia Fulvia S2 Coupe 1.3 from South Africa
A very enthusiastic piece of engineering art
When I purchased the car, it was very poorly painted with hand painted racing stripes in PVA (house paint). I thus decided to strip the car and prep for a respray... that's when everything started to go wrong. I found massive amounts of body filler, and the front right fender had been appallingly brazed on... There were also rust holes into which one could hide a size 10 work boot. Be that as it may, I repaired the body and had it running sweetly... until it ran bearings, which I am currently busy rebuilding the motor to remedy.
They are things of beauty, and the best front drive I have had the privilege of piloting. The little V4 makes a superb burble at idle and roars with the ferocity of a larger power plant when putting the hammer down. I believe that had I acquired a looked after version, it would still be my daily driver, as opposed to a project. But seeing as how magnificent it was before I embarked on the rebuild of the motor, I cannot wait to have it grunting down some country back roads again.
Also bearing in mind the ground clearance and high profile tyres, it is especially fun on a nice dirt track.
As with all older cars, some are lemons, but with a Lancia Fulvia it is most certainly worth the risk. Just bear with in mind they do occasionally require some 'surprise maintenance'.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th November, 2015